Since I was a little girl and first discovered them at camp, I have loved cattails.
There was just something so cool about the shape and texture of the cattails. They just entranced me! I was fascinated with these gorgeous things that grew in tall forests of leaves whose shape is reminiscent of yucca plants….just more flexible and without the pointy ends! The cattails are velvety, plush and just beautiful. When I was a child, I always wanted to pick them!This patch shows up every late summer, at the end of our street where you wouldn’t necessarily expect them. I think the ground is a bit sloped there and holds extra water, which provides a perfect environment for the cattails to sprout. This version is most likely Typha latifolia, which is the most common form found in America. There’s another U.S. version but its cattails are much longer and thinner than these are, so I doubt these are T. angustifolia.
This last photo was taken a couple of weeks later than the others, and you can see that the life cycle of the cattails has progressed. The cattails are getting ready to break down and spread their fluffy seeds on the wind as we continue to move into fall.
Still, it’s always a sweet reminder of years gone by!
(Jackson isn’t nearly as entranced with them as his mom, though.)